A medium who is also a comedian – now there’s an unlikely pairing. Tom Binns proves this is perfectly possible with his excellent and convincing portrayal of alter ego Ian D Montfort, the spirit “comedium”.
You are immediately drawn to Ian from the get-go as he is just such a warm and affable character. He kicks off the show by ironically poking fun at other mediums and telling us he is not like them, that you do not have to be bereaved to be at his show as he only delivers messages from people you don’t know. This humorous perspective of his ability coupled with his camp disposition is part of his charm and what makes the show so enjoyable to watch.
Throughout the hour, Ian engages with the crowd and makes predictions with staggering accuracy through the usual divinatory means – astrology, tarot cards, numerology. While I don’t doubt some of his mind-reading methods must involve some form of skilled trickery, there were some things he managed to guess correctly which he couldn’t possibly have known. I still don’t know how he does it and I don’t want to know as it’s all part of the magic and brilliance of this show!
There are also times when he does get it wrong but he quickly recovers, simply amending the reading to suit so it turns out he is still right. For example he would guess that someone’s car is black and when they say no he would say matter-of-factly without a skipping a beat that it is indeed black…at night. His quick wit and sharp responses remind us that Ian is also quite the adept comedian.
Skeptic or not, there’s no denying that Ian D Montfort is an accomplished and gifted performer and what he pulls off in the show will truly astound you. This is a show you will have to see to believe, and what you will see will baffle and amaze.
The Whimsical Banana rates Ian D Montfort: 5/5 bananas!
Ian D Montfort will be making predictions for 2 more nights at the Loft at Q. Click here for tickets.